Some Lake Tanganyika details. To far away, to heavily populated and to contentious as it borders other states. Lake Rukwa seems the likely choice, if one is to be made, as it is in Tanzania.
The Tanzanian shoreline occupies 41% of Lake Tanganyika. It encompasses vital areas for biodiversity conservation, including the Malagarasi River basin, Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks. The largest settlement on the Tanzanian shore is the Kigoma/Ujiji Municipality.
Human growth rates in the region are high compared to most areas in Tanzania, partly as a result of refugee influxes from Burundi and DR Congo. The current population of the Kigoma region is over 1.6 million, with an average growth rate of 5.1%. Agricultural encroachment, clearing of bush to eradicate tsetse flies, village settlements, bushfires, overgrazing, and high wood demands have caused excessive deforestation rates in the region, with an average of 0.90% per year.
Pollution and eutrophication from solid waste and untreated wastewater in the Kigoma/Ujiji Municipality is having an increasingly detrimental effect on biodiversity. Kigoma presently lacks a water treatment plant as well as capacity to adequately process solid waste.
The UNDP/GEF Project on Lake Tanganyika aims to pilot innovative strategies for sustainable catchment management in the Kigoma and neighbouring Rukwa region, and strengthen capacity for pollution control in the Kigoma/Ujiji Municipality.
I would suspect that this is part of the TIA factor - they cannot control the random requests coming from the gov or other bodies who may have reasons to put delays into the mix. I did think it was a bit weird at the time.
Ironically there is a massive lake (Tanganyika) not far away but it has terrible parasites and other stuff that means you cannot go near it, drink it, wash in it etc etc - it is perfect therefore for supplying water to a power station which would actually in a way, purify the water by boiling it. If they could find a way to use the power plant cooling process to collect clean water that would be an amazing side effect that would affect the whole region in a very positive way. Unless they are talking about using the water to wash the coal, which I thought was not needed according to the results/surveys etc.
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